Paulina Bren

Adjunct Professor of Multidisciplinary Studies and Director of Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies on the Pittsburgh Chair in the Humanities

Paulina Bren received her PhD in History from New York University, her MA in Russian and East European Studies from the Jackson School for International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, and her BA in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University. Her most recent book, The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free, was published in 2021 by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and Two Roads/Hachette in the U.K. She teaches in International Studies, Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies, and Media Studies. More information can be found at her website:

BA, Wesleyan University; MA, University of Washington-Seattle Campus; PhD, New York University
At Vassar since 2015


Old Laundry Building
Box 34

Research and Academic Interests

20th Century
Cultural History


INTL 106 Perspectives in International Studies
WMST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Professor Bren is the author of “The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free.”
Paulina Bren has written a “captivating portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), both “poignant and intriguing” (The New Republic): from award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the remarkable history of New York’s most famous residential hotel and the women who stayed there, including Grace Kelly, Sylvia Plath, and Joan Didion.


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